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A Balancing Act: The EU Amidst US-China 5G Decoupling

A Balancing Act: The EU Amidst US-China 5G Decoupling

16/07/2020 On May 15, 2019, US President Donald Trump signed an Executive Order effectively banning transactions with companies “owned by, controlled by, or subject to the jurisdiction or direction of a foreign adversary”, a barely disguised reference to Chinese telecommunication giants like Huawei and ZTE. To mitigate the repercussions of the rift, the US administration

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Assessing the EU-China relationship in Cyberspace

Assessing the EU-China relationship in Cyberspace

15/07/2020 On 22 June 2020, the EU-China Summit took place via video conference, representing an important opportunity to reinforce the bilateral relationship between Brussels and Beijing amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. In “EU-China – A Strategic Outlook”, the EU considers China as “an economic competitor in the pursuit of technological leadership”, next to being a negotiating

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Arctic shipping, more than a Russian aspiration?

Arctic shipping, more than a Russian aspiration?

15/07/2020 In June 2020, a new all-time high temperature record in the Arctic was set, which reopens the debate on the importance of fighting climate change on one hand, and navigating commercial Arctic shipping routes and raw materials extraction in the area on the other hand. Logistical opportunities offered by the thawing land derive from

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EU-China Summit: Searching for Bridges to Build

EU-China Summit: Searching for Bridges to Build

One Summit, Two Statements   7 July 2020  On 22 June 2020, the new European leadership, President of the Council Charles Michel and President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen, accompanied by High Representative Josep Borrell, held a virtual EU-China Summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Li Keqiang – a

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Towards an EU-China Digital Dialogue: The need for a constructive balance between a synergetic relationship and competition

Towards an EU-China Digital Dialogue: The need for a constructive balance between a synergetic relationship and competition

01/07/2020 Digital connectivity, digital economy and cybersecurity have become quite important and sensitive matters in the framework of EU dialogue and bilateral engagement between EU and China. A bilateral dialogue started in 2009, focusing on Information Technology, Telecommunications, and the use of the Internet. In 2013, a new “EU-China 2020 Strategic Agenda for Cooperation” was

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Viet Nam as a stepping stone for EU-ASEAN trade

Viet Nam as a stepping stone for EU-ASEAN trade

Published on 30/06/2020 Following the Viet Nam-EU Partnership and Cooperation Framework Agreement (PCA), the EU-Viet Nam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) and EU-Viet Nam Investment Protection Agreement (EVIPA) were concluded by the European Council on 30 March 2020. The EU and Viet Nam signed these agreements on 30 June 2019, after which the Vietnamese National Assembly

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